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Book Review: Keep Stepping by Joy Marsden

Joy Marsden’s Keep Stepping is an inspiring and motivational read that encourages readers to embrace change, take action, and keep moving forward in their personal and professional lives.

The book is written in a straightforward and easy-to-understand manner, making it accessible to many readers. Marsden draws on personal experiences and anecdotes to illustrate her points, which adds a relatable and human element to the book.

I first met Joy Marsden soon after joining the Professional Speaking Association. She was speaking at a regional meeting I attended, sharing the stories, some of which are in the book, from which she had drawn inspiration for her life. A few weeks later, I saw she was speaking at an event close to where I lived. I took the opportunity to visit and see her speak again. She expressed genuine pleasure in seeing me. I also remember my genuine pleasure in seeing a proper professional deliver essential messages that enabled others to act. Actions that would, without question, improve their lives. That, too, is what this book does.

One of the strengths of Keep Stepping is Marsden’s emphasis on the importance of mindset. She argues that a positive and growth-oriented mindset is essential for success and provides practical tips and exercises to help readers develop this mindset. For example, she suggests keeping a gratitude journal and reframing negative thoughts into positive ones.

Another key theme of the book is the importance of taking action. Marsden encourages readers to step out of their comfort zones and take risks. She reminds us that failure is not a permanent setback, but an opportunity to learn and grow. She also stresses the importance of perseverance and resilience and provides examples of successful individuals who overcame obstacles and setbacks through persistence and determination.

Throughout the book, Marsden challenges readers to reflect on their goals, values, and priorities and to take steps towards achieving them. She provides practical tools and exercises to help readers develop a clear vision for their future and create an action plan to make it a reality.


Overall, Keep Stepping was an engaging and uplifting read. Marsden’s personal stories and practical advice make it an accessible and relatable book for anyone looking to make positive changes in their life. While some of the concepts may be familiar to readers who have read other self-help or personal development books, Marsden’s emphasis on taking action and developing a growth mindset sets it apart from other books.

One potential criticism of the book is that some advice may appear overly simplistic or idealistic. For example, Marsden suggests that readers should “dream big” and “believe in themselves”, which may be easier said than done for some individuals. However, the book’s emphasis on taking action and developing a positive mindset makes it a valuable resource for anyone looking to change their life, regardless of their starting point.

In conclusion, I recommend Keep Stepping to anyone looking to develop a growth mindset, take action towards their goals, and make positive changes in their life. Marsden’s personal stories, practical advice, and emphasis on perseverance and resilience make it a valuable resource for anyone looking to navigate life’s challenges and achieve their fullest potential.